|Ornamentation in Celtic Music
Ornamentation in Celtic Music
In many ways, the styles of ornamentation used in Celtic music is what distinguishes it from other kinds of folk and roots music. In this video, Tony talks about the use of ornamentation in general and how, in traditional circles, it’s not formally learned but picked up instinctively by listening to the music. Tony talks about learning ornamentation by listening to other instruments, such as fiddles, flutes, bagpipes, etc. Tony demonstrates some of his ornamentation techniques on “Muireann’s Jig,” including some quick hammer-on/pull-off ornaments that he refers to as “tickling the string” and some percussive “frails.” He also shows you how he uses his thumb to play triplets with a down-up-down motion, like a flatpick, and gives you an exercise to practice playing triplets with your fingers on the top strings.
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